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All News for April 2008

Lenovo IdeaPad U110: Fully Featured & Tiny

Lenovo IdeaPad U110: Fully Featured & Tiny

While some people are extremely impressed with smaller ultra-portables like the Eee PC, others want something with a little more performance and/or features.  Looking to meet this growing group of consumers is Lenovo with their new 11.1” IdeaPad U110 that we showed you a preview of here in our CES 2008 report. “The IdeaPad U110 features...

Facial Recognition Now on Toshiba Satellites

Facial Recognition Now on Toshiba Satellites

If Toshiba has its way, fingerprint authentication is about to become passé. Toshiba Satellite laptops with Toshiba's "Fusion finish" (the Satellite U400, M300, A300, and P300 models) will all come standard with "Toshiba Face Recognition" software. Instead of logging in with a traditional typed password, Satellite users can get access to their...

Over 10,000 McDonalds Served with Wi-Fi

Over 10,000 McDonalds Served with Wi-Fi

Wayport, a corporate Wi-Fi provider, announced today that it is now providing Wi-Fi in over 10,000 McDonalds restaurants in the United States--of which, 9,300 are available for access by customers (for a fee, of course). Wayport starting providing Wi-Fi for McDonalds restaurants in 2004. "This milestone continues McDonald’s position as...

Asus P45-Based P5Q Deluxe Sneak Peek

Asus P45-Based P5Q Deluxe Sneak Peek

Intel is planning to release the successor the popular P35 chipset in a few weeks, the aptly named P45.  From a feature standpoint, the P35 and P45 are somewhat similar.  But the P45 will have official support for 1,600MHz FSB processors, PCI Express 2.0, and the chipset is being manufactured 65nm as opposed to 90nm, which should...

Windows XP SP3 Rollout Delayed by Glitch

Windows XP SP3 Rollout Delayed by Glitch

Oh, oh.  Stop downloading.  Although it appeared that Windows XP SP3 was set to go, we may have jumped the gun there.The software maker said there is a "compatibility issue" between the XP service pack and Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System, a retail chain management program for small and midsize businesses."In order to...

Intel Atom Shortage to Impact Product Rollout

Intel Atom Shortage to Impact Product Rollout

Anyone jonesing to get their hands on an Intel Atom-based product, just might have to keep waiting a little longer than planned. According to electronista, Intel is meeting less than 40 percent of Atom orders. This is sure to impact the expected rollout of Atom-based products--some of which are expected as early as June. Either product ship...

Asus Eee PC 900: Easy to Win?

Asus Eee PC 900: Easy to Win?

Now here's an interesting website that just launched.  It's an Asus site, and it's for the Asus Eee PC 900.  It says "Easy to share, Easy to work, Easy to play, Easy to win."  Easy to win?  Now that has us interested.  Note: it's a UK site, and scheduled to go live on 5/1, so if you're there, keep your eye on it. ...

Compatibility Issues With AMD Quad-Core CPUs

Compatibility Issues With AMD Quad-Core CPUs

CNET blogger, Brooke Crothers, reports that AMD is running into compatibility issues with its quad-core Phenom CPU. Some motherboard makers and system builders are mistakingly trying to pair the 125-watt, quad-core Phenon with motherboards that only support the lower-power, 95-watt AMD processors. Crothers includes these quotes from AMD...

XP SP3 Hits the Download Sites

XP SP3 Hits the Download Sites

Right on time, Windows XP SP3 has been released to the world, and is now available for download.As per the unofficial timeline, Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) has finally hit the Release to Web (RTW) milestone. Currently, the final build is only available on the download.windowsupdate domain in the following languages: Chinese (Hong Kong),...

Linux. Now With 100 Percent More Stabbiness

Linux. Now With 100 Percent More Stabbiness

Hans Reiser is a pretty well known Linux programmer. His ReiserFS file system has "...played an integral part in Linux’s core kernel." He parlayed his prominence in the Linux community into his own company, Namesys, and put his wife, Nina, in the Chief Financial Officer slot. He eventually accused his wife of mismanaging his funds, and they...

Quanta Sees Rise In Global Laptop Demand. Who?

Quanta Sees Rise In Global Laptop Demand. Who?

Never heard of Quanta Computer? Can't blame you. They don't put their own nameplate on the laptop computers they build in Taiwan. They manufacture units for most all major computer vendors, so if you've got a Dell or an HP in your lap, for instance, the chances are pretty good that Quanta made it, or one just like it. They even make the One...

XP To Live On Or Not?

XP To Live On Or Not?

There seems to be some confusion in the Microsoft camp as to whether or not XP will continue on or not.  A spokeswoman for the Redmond giant had this to say:"We feel we've made the right accommodations for customers in certain segments who may need more time to transition to Windows Vista," she said. "But as [CEO] Steve [Ballmer] noted, we...

EarthLink Bails Out On New Orleans.

EarthLink Bails Out On New Orleans.

The amount of bad publicity generated from a single financially motivated decision can sometimes be approximately as harmful as the loss the company was taking.  Case in point:“New Orleans is about to lose its municipal Wi-Fi? network? as EarthLink plans to halt its participation in the citywide project on May 18, an EarthLink spokesman said...

Futuremark Unveils 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark Unveils 3DMark Vantage

Futuremark has just officially unveiled the latest version of their 3DMark benchmark suite, 3DMark Vantage.  Like PCMark Vantage which was released a few months ago, this latest version of 3DMark was designed for testing Windows Vista-based systems.  This latest version of the 3DMark, however, is specifically bound to Windows Vista...

Video Evidence of a Real Psystar Mac Clone?

Video Evidence of a Real Psystar Mac Clone?

Gizmodo has posted a video clip sent in by a reader that supposedly shows a Psystar Mac Clone up and running in the home of an actual Psystar customer. "The thing boots up and runs pretty damn fast, says Patrick, but Software Update won't recognize it so you won't be able to patch. System Profiler thinks that it's a Mac Pro." The video is...

Gigabyte to Release Low-Cost Atom Laptop in June

Gigabyte to Release Low-Cost Atom Laptop in June

DigiTimes reports that Gigabyte Technology will release a low-cost laptop in June that uses the new Intel Atom processor. The M912 will include an 8.9-inch display that will run either Windows XP or Linux."The Gigabyte M912 is being designed in-house by the company in order to enable it to control the development schedule, specification and...

Looking for something?  Mahalo. You're welcome!

Looking for something? Mahalo. You're welcome!

You may or may not know web mogul and conversational media entrepreneur Jason Calacanis but it's safe to say that he "got it" when weblogs were just starting to become hip.  Along the way, the properties he built (Engadget, Joystiq etc) were picked by companies like AOL for just a little bit of coin.  Though...

Apple Updates the iMac

Apple Updates the iMac

Rumored since last week, and revealed by the typical Apple Store outage, updated iMacs are here. Same prices, better specs.And what are those better specs?Packing dual-core performance into the convenience of a striking all-in-one design, the new iMac includes faster Intel Core 2 Duo processors across the line; a 1066 MHz front-side bus; up...

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Quad-Core Processor

Intel Core 2 Quad Q9300 Quad-Core Processor

Intel’s Core 2 Quad Q9300 has some rather large shoes to fill. This newly shipping, relatively low-cost quad-core processor from Intel is a replacement for their long-standing price to performance champ, the Core 2 Quad Q6600.  The Q6600 was the first quad-core in Intel’s arsenal which was actually affordable, and even today, it remains...

Security By Obscurity Doesn't Work Anymore

Security By Obscurity Doesn't Work Anymore

It used to be fairly straightforward choosing a browser. Internet Explorer came bundled with everything, a few hardy souls got on the Firefox bandwagon early, Apple freaks used Safari, and Ron Paul voters used Opera. Since hackers concentrated their attention on the target-rich environment of massed IE users, everybody else benefited from...

Google Tries Focusing On Image Search

Google Tries Focusing On Image Search

Google has a pretty reliable algorithm for determining page rank on text searches. All sorts of attempts are made to game the system, by both legitimate and unscrupulous Search Engine Optimization schemes alike, but those strategies always seem to fail in the long run. But put a search query into Google Images, especially with safe-search...

You Think You Have A Long Password?

You Think You Have A Long Password?

If you thought your own passwords were secure, then you haven’t seen anything yet.   There is an interesting bug in Windows 2000 SP1 and Advanced Server that occasionally produces (and enforces!) the following error:“Your password must be at least 18770 characters and cannot repeat any of your previous 30689 passwords.  Please type a different...

Seiko SlimStick Tracks Your Every Move

Seiko SlimStick Tracks Your Every Move

Those of us who try to make excuses for not jogging or working out at the gym because we "are always active during the day" will either be proved or disproved by the Seiko SlimStick.  More than just a pedometer, it keeps track of your every movement and determines exactly how many calories are burned.The exercise monitor is about the...

Twitter Gets Another Round of Funding

Twitter Gets Another Round of Funding

A tweet deal for Twitter? Well why not, as they've managed to snag another round of financing.A source familiar with the negotiations tells me that Twitter signed a term sheet for "either $15 million or $20 million" last week. We're still trying to find out who is in, but the word is that it's largely an inside round of funding with one outsider...

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class

AMD Introduces AMD Business Class, Designed With Business in Mind- First desktop platforms featuring commercial stable AMD Phenom(tm) and AMD Athlon(tm) processors with up to 24-month stability and longevity now available from leading OEMs -SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 28, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD)  today introduced AMD Business Class, an initiative...

Apple Won’t Ditch Intel (Maybe)

Apple Won’t Ditch Intel (Maybe)

Apple’s recent acquisition of P.A. Semi has started rumors of a PowerPC Mac revival.  On one side there are people claiming that it’s hard for Apple to justify Mac prices because the hardware is now more or less identical to what PCs run with EFI support.  The other side notes the drop in Apple’s product prices while the performance continues...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:EVGA e-GeForce 8800GT AKIMBO 1GB Review @ Motherboards.orgMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte X48T-DQ6 Intel X48 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgEVGA nForce 750i SLI FTW Motherboard Review @ GamepyreGigabyte GA-EP35-DS3P Motherboard Review @ HardwareLogicAsus M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard Review @ Legit ReviewsASUS P5K PRO Intel P35...

Have Some AT&T Wi-Fi With Your Starbucks Latte

Have Some AT&T Wi-Fi With Your Starbucks Latte

Wi-Fi availability at Starbucks is nothing new. But this last February, AT&T announced that it will be replacing T-Mobile as the Wi-Fi provider for all company-operated Starbucks locations. The transition is now underway with Starbucks stores in San Antonio, Texas already outfitted with Wi-Fi hotspots from AT&T. A press release from...

A Half Million Web Sites Hacked

A Half Million Web Sites Hacked

What is a hacker to do?  The general computer using population is becoming more educated about security, and modern browsers are taking the bite out of phishing scams.  Why not kill 2 birds with one stone and find a way to infect legitimate sites?That is exactly what hackers are now doing, with alarming success.  Thus far estimates range from...

AT&T Denies Using False Reset Messages

AT&T Denies Using False Reset Messages

When it comes to ISPs throttling Peer-to-peer (P2P) traffic, the denials fly as quick as the accusations. First the FCC contradicts Comcast's claims that it only throttles P2P traffic when there is network congestion; now, as News.com reports, AT&T rebuffs claims from BitTorrent client developer, Vuze, that AT&T uses false reset messages...

New York Prepares for Its "Amazon Tax"

New York Prepares for Its "Amazon Tax"

Yes, the end is nigh.  Not only has New York State's "Amazon Tax" been signed into law, it will take effect on June 1st.New York Internet shoppers, take note: in five weeks, sales tax-free shopping will end on many Web sites thanks to rewritten state rules that are trying to force Internet retailers to collect.At Chrono Tech Watches in...

Sun Buys Montalvo

Sun Buys Montalvo

We reported earlier this year about Montalvo systems and their mysterious low-power chips.  At the time we wondered if their coyness with details was because they faced some stiff opposition from major players in the chip industry, but now it appears that it may because they were looking for a buyer.  Oddly enough it didn't end up being any...

Dell: Windows XP Deadline? Fogetaboutit!

Dell: Windows XP Deadline? Fogetaboutit!

We know that Microsoft has set June 30th as the drop-dead date for Windows XP (despite their statements yesterday). Despite the fact that after June 30th, manufacturers such as Dell are not allowed to ship PCs with XP pre-installed, Dell has come up with an "escape clause."Dell will take advantage of a licensing option in Vista Business and...

Spore Creature Creator Hits The Shelves June 17

Spore Creature Creator Hits The Shelves June 17

DailyGame reports that the Spore Creature Creator--precursor to the long-awaited Spore Creature-- will start shipping on June 17: Gamers worldwide will have their first chance to create their own Spore space amoeba on June 17, when Electronic Arts will ship the complete retail version of the Spore Creature Creator. A free Spore Creature Creator...

XFX MG-630I-7159 nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Mobo

XFX MG-630I-7159 nForce 630i / GeForce 7150 Mobo

We have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features, performance, and value of XFX's nForce 630i GeForce 7150 based motherboard, the cryptically named MG-630I-7159.  Thanks to its integrated graphics processor, the MG-630I-7159 sports VGA, DVI, and HDMI outputs, and it's got some other handy on-board...

LOL! SMS Speak Reaches Classrooms

LOL! SMS Speak Reaches Classrooms

A Pew Internet and American Life Project study shows that not only has text message speak reached schoolwork, so has Jerry Yang-ish lack of capitalization!Teens may spend a lot of time texting and IMing, but they don't consider those short exchanges to be writing. If it's not assigned to them through school, they have a hard time thinking...

Is The iPhone A Bandwith Hog?

Is The iPhone A Bandwith Hog?

Fortune's Apple 2.0 column asks an interesting question. It appears that iPhone users really like using their handsome little phones to surf the Internet, and at least in some areas, that usage is translating into a great deal of bandwith strain on the iPhone's cellular carrier, AT&T. Will that become a problem as new users continue to...

AOL: It's Hip To Be Square Again

AOL: It's Hip To Be Square Again

AOL has been synonymous with "get off my lawn, you young whippersnappers" for quite some time. Their massive revenue stream of dialup subscription money finally dried up completely a couple of years ago, and they desperately needed to find some other reason for people to look at their pages. They seem to have managed it the old-fashioned way;...

The FCC vs. Comcast, Round 2

The FCC vs. Comcast, Round 2

As the debate for net neutrality still rages, the FCC continues its hearings into Comcast’s throttling of P2P traffic: "FCC Chairman Kevin Martin, testifying before a Senate committee, said Comcast's blocking of BitTorrent P-to-P (peer-to-peer) traffic appeared to happen when there wasn't network congestion, in contrast to claims from the...

Boot Camp Update Required for XP SP3 Update

Boot Camp Update Required for XP SP3 Update

In anticipation of Intel-based Mac owners updating their Boot Camp partitions to Microsoft’s Windows XP SP3, which will officially be released on April 29, Apple yesterday made available for download update 2.1 of its Boot Camp utility. Apple claims that the 2.1 update must be installed before installing SP3: “This update addresses issues...

VMware Fusion Ready for Windows XP SP3

VMware Fusion Ready for Windows XP SP3

Just in time for the imminent release of the Windows XP SP3 update, VMware has released an update to its Mac-based Fusion virtulization application, with full support for SP3 Boot Camp partitions. The Fusion 1.1.2 update also includes a number of bug fixes as well as improved support for the MacBook Air--solving a few issues Fusion had with...

The Ongoing Saga Of Yahoo & MS Comes To An End?

The Ongoing Saga Of Yahoo & MS Comes To An End?

The saga of Microsoft's Yahoo! Buyout that began in late January looks as if it is about to come to a close: "Steve Ballmer says Microsoft Corp. is willing to go it alone rather than buy Yahoo Inc. And he has a reason besides opposition from the Internet company: skepticism among his own employees." We also wouldn't be surprised if more than...

iMac Refresh Next Week?

iMac Refresh Next Week?

According to industry tipsters, Apple is planning on releasing an updated iMac next week.  Other than that details are somewhat sketchy, but here's what we do know: "Apple is known to be developing a Penryn-based refresh of both the iMac and its Mac mini cousin for the spring, delivering the cooler-running and faster processors to systems...

You Want XP?  You Can HAVE It!

You Want XP? You Can HAVE It!

Hopefully you read that title the way Steve Ballmer probably meant to say it on Thursday. You know, emphasis on the "HAVE" in a sarcastic way. Although we're sure he didn't say it that way, he probably wanted to.Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer offered a glimmer of hope on Thursday to fans of the company's Windows XP operating system, saying...

MS to Fight Google Apps with Web-Streamed Office

MS to Fight Google Apps with Web-Streamed Office

It was only February when Microsoft had a big issue with Fasthosts providing a streamed version of Office, but it seems their tone has softened.Worried by the small but growing number of small businesses and consumers switching from Microsoft Office to cheaper or free online alternatives such as Google Apps, Microsoft Corp. plans to arm a...

Oversupply Of Flash Memory Yields Bargains

Oversupply Of Flash Memory Yields Bargains

As if on cue after HotHardware's News Item about the future of solid state memory, USA Today has a article today about the plentiful supply of flash memory chips, and how that oversupply is putting downward pressure on prices. Some are even being sold at a loss to shed supply. Memory bargain hunters, start your engines.Some wholesale flash...

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Promotion For Charity

NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 Promotion For Charity

In case you haven't heard, BFG is running a promotion featuring 10 special edition GeForce 9800 GX2 cards, which will be given away or sold for charity.  BFG Technologies has created a limited run of special retail boxes featuring the photo of NVIDIA CEO and founder, Jen-Hsun Huang, to honor NVIDIA’s selection by Forbes as “Company of...

Toshiba: The Notebook's Future Is Flash And SSD

Toshiba: The Notebook's Future Is Flash And SSD

The President of Toshiba, Shozo Saito, delivered  a fascinating look at near future of solid-state memory last week. He's in a position to know about NAND flash memory and Solid State Drives,  and the future not only looks bright, it looks like the future is right now. He predicted one-quarter of notebook PCs will have a solid state...

ASUS Unveils the Lamborghini VX3 Laptop

ASUS Unveils the Lamborghini VX3 Laptop

ASUS Celebrates the Unveiling of the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 Laptop in Hollywood Style Fremont, CALIFORNIA (April 24, 2007) – ASUS introduces the ASUS-Lamborghini VX3 third generation laptop with a Hollywood-style celebration co-sponsored by Intel at the Lamborghini Orange County dealership. Celebrities and industry partners will walk the yellow-carpet...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:HIS HD3850 AGP Video Card @ 3DGameManProcessors:Core 2 Duo E7200 Review @ X-bit LabsAMD Phenom X3 8750 Review @ OCCAMD Phenom X3 Triple Core CPU @ TweaktownPhenom X3 8750 Review @ AMDZoneAMD Phenom X3 8750 2.4 GHz Triple-Core Processor Review @ PC PerspectiveAMD Phenom X3 8750 Triple-Core Processor Review @ Legit ReviewsPhenom X3 8750...

MS Begins Semi-Automatic Vista SP1 Updates

MS Begins Semi-Automatic Vista SP1 Updates

Wednesday, in a post on the Windows Vista Team Blog, Microsoft announced that they had begun automatic distribution of Windows Vista SP1. What this means if that if you have Windows Updates set to automatically download and install on your PC, Windows Update will automatically download SP1 to your PC, after which a few clicks (for the EULA,...

Sony's Happy Face Technology In Action

Sony's Happy Face Technology In Action

Getting that perfect picture has always been a problem.  There are books and courses dedicated to the art of taking one, but what if you don't have time for all that?  Some cameras detect smiles and wait to take pictures until the time is perfect, other cameras take a few photos then run a quick facial recognition routine on them...

No Appeal For "Vista Capable"...Law Suit

No Appeal For "Vista Capable"...Law Suit

Microsoft's latest attempt to derail the "Vista Capable" class-action law suit via another appeal has been stymied:"In a brief order dated April 21, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Microsoft's request to overturn a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Marsha Pechman in February that granted class-action status to a lawsuit...

Quit, Bicker, Fight Over The OS. OLPC!

Quit, Bicker, Fight Over The OS. OLPC!

The One Laptop Per Child project is in kind of a muddle. Their "$100" laptop costs $188; not many ended up in the hands of children around the world they were supposed to help; and now the number two man, Walter Bender, who oversaw content and software for the OLPC has resigned. It's  not clear if it's the factor that drove the decision,...

Microsoft Releases Security Intelligence Report

Microsoft Releases Security Intelligence Report

Microsoft Releases Latest Microsoft Security Intelligence Report Company finds use of malicious software increasingly motivated by financial gain. LONDON - Microsoft Corp. today released the fourth volume of its Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) at Infosecurity Europe 2008. The report focuses on the second half of 2007 and uses...

How to survive the switch to digital TV

How to survive the switch to digital TV

As many of you are no doubt aware, all analog television stations in the U.S. are required to switch to digital broadcast systems by February of 2009. What exactly that means to the millions of TV-watchers with analog only sets, however, isn't quite clear to everyone and the amount of misinformation out there is amazing..."Did my TV screen...

DRM Sucks Redux: MS to Nuke MSN Music DRM Keys

DRM Sucks Redux: MS to Nuke MSN Music DRM Keys

As though we need still another reason to hate DRM, here comes one.  Remember the now-defunct MSN Music store?  Hopefully you weren't one of the few to use it.Customers who have purchased music from Microsoft's now-defunct MSN Music store are now facing a decision they never anticipated making: commit to which computers (and OS)...

Apple To Intel: I Want To See Other People

Apple To Intel: I Want To See Other People

Apple has agreed to buy a relatively small microprocessor company named PA Semi. PA is known for making  powerful chips that have very low power consumption. That would seem to indicate that Apple intends to use their own chips in the iPhone and other portable devices going forward, as these devices rely heavily on low power consumption....

Twitter Japan Launches, WIth Ads

Twitter Japan Launches, WIth Ads

Why give them the opportunity to get used to an ad-free experience?  Twitter Japan is launching, but unlike the U.S.-based version, with ads from Day One.In a conversation Tuesday evening, Joi Ito of Digital Garage, the Japanese company Twitter tasked with some of the Japanese localization, told me that Twitter decided to launch in Japan...

AMD Extends Energy Efficient Leadership

AMD Extends Energy Efficient Leadership

AMD Extends Energy Efficient Leadership with 45-Watt Dual-Core AMD Athlon(tm) X2 Processors - New Desktop Processors Can Cut Power Consumption, Deliver High Performance for Pennies a Day - SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 23, 2008 - Building on its long-term leadership in promoting energy efficient computing for both consumer and business solutions,...

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Tri-Core Processor

AMD Phenom X3 8750 Tri-Core Processor

When AMD first announced plans to introduce triple-core processors back in September of last year, reaction to the news was mixed.  Some felt that AMD was simply planning to pass off partially functional Phenom X4 processors as triple-core products, making lemonade from lemons if you will.  Others thought it was a good way for AMD...

Most Expensive MacBook Air?

Most Expensive MacBook Air?

You know you have compensation issues when you buy the latest Apple thin & light laptop and feel the need to replace the shell with a 24k gold coated, gem studded variant.Whatever drives people to want such outrageously and expensive mods, Computer Choppers is there to meet those needs.  The company offers so many services and customization...

WoW Movie Sans Uwe Boll

WoW Movie Sans Uwe Boll

Uwe Boll has been involved in numerous game to movie adaptations, none of them a success in any measure other than stirring up fans into a frenzy of hatred.   Thus far he his movie-manglings of various franchises has garnered him a 200,000+ signature petition requesting that he exit the movie industry entirely and never return.So what did...

Say Hello To NeweggMall

Say Hello To NeweggMall

Newegg certainly raised the bar when it came to computer component e-tailing, and it seems that they might be planning on challenging eBay and Amazon.com with their newest service: NeweggMall. “Consumers can buy from the NeweggMall site, and products are drop-shipped from the reseller.   Newegg takes a portion of the revenue from the...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Diamond Radeon HD 3870 1GB Video Card Review @ Legit ReviewsASUS EN8800GT TOP 512MB Review @ Sharky ExtremeXFX GeForce 9800 GTX SLI @ [H]Motherboards and Chipsets:Foxconn MARS Motherboard on Intel P35 Chipset @ Digit-LifeASUS M3N-HT 780a SLi Review @ OCCProcessors:AMD Phenom X4 9850 @ t-breakMemory and Storage:Silverstone MS05 External...

ASUS Eee PC 4G Windows XP Hits Best Buy Stores

ASUS Eee PC 4G Windows XP Hits Best Buy Stores

ASUS Eee PC 4G Windows XP Hits Selected Best Buy Retail StoresFREMONT, CA (April 21, 2008) – ASUS Eee PC 4G pre-installed with Microsoft Windows XP is available immediately in selected Best Buy retail stores in the United States. The wide availability in Best Buy retail stores will provide a hands-on experience for potential users to explore...

Don't Buy Any Samsung Stock Today

Don't Buy Any Samsung Stock Today

South Korean electronics conglomerate Samsung's Chairman Lee Kun-hee has resigned after being indicted for tax evasion. He'll likely lead a small exodus of other executives out of the building as well. Well, let's give the guy credit for two things, anyway: He didn't think small, as he is accused of evading $113 million in taxes; and unlike...

iPhone IM Patent Filed. KTHXBAI

iPhone IM Patent Filed. KTHXBAI

One of the most requested new features for Apple's iPhone has been instant messaging. After all, e-mail is sort of old-fashioned to your average cutting edge phone phreak. Apple seems to be poised to offer IM, as it has filed a patent for a universal interface for real-time messaging. In normal use, users would continue to use the same bubble...

PS3 Digital Video Distribution Nearing Reality?

PS3 Digital Video Distribution Nearing Reality?

It has been a while since we’ve had anything to report on the Sony/Digital Video Distribution front, but it looks like it’s almost a reality.According to sources the long-awaited feature is nearly available.  For their part Sony is, of course, keeping quiet.  This could be due to negotiations or the fact that the service may not be quite ready...

Note”Book” Mod

Note”Book” Mod

If you’ve ever wanted a laptop computer that resembled a thick book, you might want to make friends with a chap named Kyle Bean.  His mod is certainly an interesting one, in that it puts the ‘book’ back into ‘notebook’, or the other way around.Here’s a little background on the project:With everything turning towards technology, we have adapted...

Intel Levies Heavy CPU Price Reductions

Intel Levies Heavy CPU Price Reductions

Good news, for those of you looking for a better deal in CPUs, came across the wire today from Intel. New price reductions have been announced and one could say they're taking price points down to bargain-basement levels in some spots, with cost savings ranging from 12% to a whopping 50% on the Core 2 Quad Q6700 2.66GHz processor.  This...

The Future Could Be 1nm Graphene

The Future Could Be 1nm Graphene

It has been predicted that existing manufacturing materials used in microchips will eventually hit a wall that no amount of R & D can overcome. As a result researchers are looking into several other technologies such as Graphene."When current silicon transistor technology goes below 10 nanometers in size, it's predicted it will run into...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GX2 @ Modders-Inc.comPalit GeForce 9800GTX Review @ GamepyreZotac GeForce 9800GTX AMP Edition @ t-breakMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI P7N SLI Platinum Motherboard Review @ NVNewsGigabyte GA-X48T-DQ6 Mainboard Review @ X-bit LabsProcessors:Intel Core 2 Duo E7200 - The New Budget Superstar? @ TechgageMemory and Storage:Sans...

Microsoft Acquires Farecast

Microsoft Acquires Farecast

Microsoft continues to purchase smaller companies with intriguing technologies while they wait for Yahoo.  The latest of such acquisitions, Farecast, has managed to slip by without so much as an official press release from Microsoft.So who is Farecast and why did Microsoft find them irresistible?"The Seattle startup tries to predict whether...

Windows XP SP3 RTMs.  Really.

Windows XP SP3 RTMs. Really.

As hard as it may be to believe, Windows XP SP3 has finally shipped to manufacturing.  Users will be able to download it on 4/29.Keroack confirmed that date today. "We are also in the final stages of preparing for release to the Web on April 29, via Windows Update and the Microsoft Download Center," he said.Users will be able to update...

Skype Unveils Flat-Rate, Unlimited Calling Plan

Skype Unveils Flat-Rate, Unlimited Calling Plan

On Monday Skype, announced new subscription plans that allow flat-rate unlimited calling to 34 countries. It should be noted that for Skype defines unlimited as 10,000 minutes / month; after that standard fees apply.  Of course, 10,000 minutes equates to about 5 hours a day, so what the heck?The company said it was offering unlimited...

Psystar Says First Mac Clones are Shipping

Psystar Says First Mac Clones are Shipping

While the rest of the world tries to figure out if this company is legit or not, Psystar keeps chugging along.  And now, they say their first PCs are shipping!So, is it a hoax or not? Mac clone builder Psystar has experienced in just one week all the good and bad today’s Internet has to offer: The possible availability of a cheap Mac...

WD Announces the WD VelociRaptor

WD Announces the WD VelociRaptor

WD ANNOUNCES WD VELOCIRAPTOR -- THE WORLD’S FASTEST SATA HARD DRIVE Next-generation 10,000 RPM, 2.5-inch, 300 GB SATA Hard Drive, WD VelociRaptor is 35 Percent Faster and Twice the Capacity of the Previous Performance King LAKE FOREST, CALIF. - Apr. 21, 2008 - WD (NYSE: WDC) announced today that it is now shipping WD VelociRaptor hard drives,...

Not Kleenex. Not Frigidaire. Not Coke. Google

Not Kleenex. Not Frigidaire. Not Coke. Google

Google is the the most powerful brand name in the world according to survey firm Millward Brown, with an estimated value of $86 billion. Google is one of those companies whose name becomes synonymous with the product or service it provides, and even becomes a verb. If you don't believe me, just Google it. Google beat General Electric to the...

Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATA HD

Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB SATA HD

Western Digital is unveiling a brand new enthusiast-class hard drive today, the 10K RPM Velociraptor WD3000GLFS.  Like the previous generation WD Raptors that came before it, the 300GB WD Velociraptor shares the aforementioned 10K RPM spindle speed, and they have the same 16MB buffer, reliability ratings, and acoustic and environmental...

We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

It was almost inevitable that China or India would eventually surpass the US in the total number of Internet users. Both countries have about four times the population of the United States. China already has the most cellphone users, and now it has the most people online as well. The number of Chinese on the Internet hit more than 220 million...

CNN Can Breath Easy

CNN Can Breath Easy

The proposed cyber-attack against CNN has been called off, but it probably just goes to prove their initial point regarding basic rights issues such as freedom of speech & freedom of the press.  If you haven't followed the story up until now, here's a little background:"Pro-China hackers had called for the attack in protest of the news...

OS X Leopard Fails NYC DoE WiFi Test

OS X Leopard Fails NYC DoE WiFi Test

Apple's latest incarnation of OS X, Leopard, apparently has had a hard time making the grade when it comes to accessing the New York City Department of Education's WiFi network."Apple is scrambling to address the WiFi connectivity issue within its Leopard operating system.  The fix appears set to be included in the bug fixes of the upcoming...

NVIDIA’s Latest Core-Logic and OC May Not Mix

NVIDIA’s Latest Core-Logic and OC May Not Mix

Not news gamers or uber-geeks are likely to take well, as NVIDIA has admitted that their 790i chipset may cause data corruption if overclocked.Apparently, when computer enthusiasts overclock processor system bus (PSB) and memory clock-speeds on systems that are based on Nvidia nForce 790i-series core-logic, they may experience data corruption...

NBC To Return to iTunes?

NBC To Return to iTunes?

At the Ad:Tech conference in San Francisco this week George Kliavkoff, Chief Digital Officer at NBC Universal, discussed their interest in returning to digital distribution via 3rd parties.   They didn’t name any names, but it seems clear that they were talking about Apple because they already distribute digitally and via third parties,...

Will The Real Psystar Please Stand Up?

Will The Real Psystar Please Stand Up?

Psystar, the maker of the so called “Open Computer” series, is now being actively investigated by various web communities.  One of which has dug up some fairly interesting information:"First, let's revisit what we already know.  Not only does the Miami Chamber of Commerce and BBB not know anything about any company named Psystar (confirmed...

Eee PC 900 To Cost $549 & Ship 5/12

Eee PC 900 To Cost $549 & Ship 5/12

The next-generation Eee PC is due to hit shore shelves on May 12th and carry a price tag of $549, a rather modest hike over current models which top out at $499 for the 8GB SSD/1GB RAM model.  So what does the extra $50 buy? Quite a lot actually: "The Linux version of the Eee PC will come with a 4GB SSD + an additional 16GB internal flash...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Inno3D Geforce 9800GTX Overclock (512MB DDR3) @ CPU3DASUS EN8800GT 1GB Graphics Card @ TweaktownXFX 8800 GS XXX Alpha Dog Video Card Review @ I4UPowerColor AX3650 512MD2 @ Overclockers OnlineMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI P35 Platinum Combo Review @ [H]ASUS P5E3 Premium WIFI Ap@n @ Bjorn3DProcessors:Intel's Core 2 Quad Q9300 and Core...

Ballmer Calls Vista A Work In Progress

Ballmer Calls Vista A Work In Progress

Vista certainly had a less-than-smooth delivery, and there are still lingering issues that keep some away.   Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer recently addressed the issue in a speech he gave at Microsoft’s Most Valuable Partners conference.Here’s an excerpt:“Windows Vista: A work in progress. [Laughter, applause.]  A very important piece of work,...

Microsoft Launches Beta of SW Subscription Svc.

Microsoft Launches Beta of SW Subscription Svc.

It's been bandied around for some time: a subscription-based version of Microsoft Office, and on Friday, Microsoft launched just such a service, code-named Albany, in private beta form.  Albany includes more than just Office, however.“Albany” is the codename for a new all-in-one subscription service of essential software and services...

Apple Stops Pushing Safari Via iTunes  Update

Apple Stops Pushing Safari Via iTunes Update

Many have written about how Apple was using iTunes Update to push Safari onto PCs. It was listing Safari as an update even if Safari wasn't on the computer originally. Humorously, since then stories have emerged about IT departments having to scramble to remove Safari as the default browser on PCs as it (naturally) wouldn't work with many...

NextComputing Vigor EVO HD Ruggedized PC

NextComputing Vigor EVO HD Ruggedized PC

We had an interesting press release from NextComputing cross the news wire recently that we wanted to share with you all.  If you're unfamiliar with NextComputing, they specialize in field deployable distributed computing appliances designed for a number of different types of work environments, that are also compatible with off-the...

Worldwide PC Market Growth: Great. USA: Meh

Worldwide PC Market Growth: Great. USA: Meh

Shipments of computers for personal use  jumped by 14.6 percent worldwide in the first quarter, well above prior estimates of 13.2%, according to market research firms IDC and Gartner, and reported at Digitimes. The market in the USA had a weak showing compared to other areas of the globe, but still clocked in with a respectable 3.5%...

Artificial Atoms Might Be The Future Of Memory

Artificial Atoms Might Be The Future Of Memory

Your computer memory is magnetic affair of one sort or another. (We're assuming you've stopped using Punch Cards by now)Your processor is an electrical festival. The two have developed into a very powerful computing/storage machine indeed, but they have essentially always run on two separate tracks, one relying on the other to handle any increased...

MSI Has An Eee Challenger Too

MSI Has An Eee Challenger Too

The ASUS Eee PC has shown that there is a substantial market for tiny laptops and thus it isn’t really surprising to see other major players release their own models. Enter the MSI Wind, a mini-notebook that might win the hearts of those looking for more storage space."The one kilogram laptop will run Microsoft’s Windows XP on an 8.9-inch...

PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers

PayPal Plans to Ban Unsafe Browsers

Using an old browser?  If you're planning to use PayPal, you might consider updating.PayPal, one of the brands most spoofed in phishing attacks, is working on a plan to block its users from making transactions from Web browsers that don't provide anti-phishing protection.The eBay-owned company, which runs a Web-based payment system that...

Forget Quad, AMD Is Planning 12 Core CPUs

Forget Quad, AMD Is Planning 12 Core CPUs

Despite many programs still struggling to take full advantage of 2 or more cores, AMD appears to be planning on jumping past 8 cores and going straight for 12!  AMD has dropped more than a few clues that something like this was coming:"The first breadcrumb comes with a new "native six-core" Shanghai derivative, currently codenamed Istanbul....

OCZ Announces Enhanced Latency DDR3-2000

OCZ Announces Enhanced Latency DDR3-2000

OCZ Technology Announces Ultra-Fast, Enhanced Latency DDR3-2000 Featuring the Latest Flex II Water-Cooling Technology Sunnyvale, CA—April 17, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today unveiled a blazing fast DDR3 addition to the new Flex II memory series. These premium...

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

AMD Reports First Quarter Results

AMD Reports First Quarter Results SUNNYVALE, Calif. — April 17, 2008 — AMD (NYSE: AMD) today reported first quarter 2008 revenue of $1.505 billion, a net loss of $358 million, or $0.59 per share, and an operating loss of $264 million.  These results include an impact of $50 million, or $0.08 per share, from ATI acquisition-related charges.  ...

Pirate Bay Suing ISP For Blocking Traffic

Pirate Bay Suing ISP For Blocking Traffic

Pirate Bay has announced plans to Danish ISP Tele2 over their court ordered block of their web site that began in February.   Pirate Bay set up a sister site with trackers called The Jesper Bay to prove just how ineffectual the block was, and as a result the block was more or less an exercise in futility.“The court case was initiated by the...

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ultraportable Notebook

Lenovo ThinkPad X300 Ultraportable Notebook

Just in case you missed it, we're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of Lenovo's sleek ThinkPad X300 ultra portable notebook.  According to Lenovo, the ThinkPad X300 was designed to be the most efficient notebook the company has ever...

Corsair Announces High-Density RAM for Mac Pros

Corsair Announces High-Density RAM for Mac Pros

CORSAIR ANNOUNCES HIGH-DENSITYMEMORY LINE FOR MAC PRO DESKTOP SYSTEMSNew Fully Buffered 2GB & 4GB DIMM Kits Added to Corsair Mac Memory LineFremont, CA, April 17, 2008 – Corsair® www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in high performance computer and flash memory products, announced today the launch of their new Corsair high-density...

Sony: We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

Sony: We're Number Two! We're Number Two!

The fight for dominance in the console videogame market has long since devolved into a race for the number two slot. The Nintendo Wii continues to outsell the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360 combined. Perennial third place finisher Sony might actually find something to smile about in the sales figures for March, at least according to analyst...

The Pirate Bay Opens Uncensored Blogging Svc

The Pirate Bay Opens Uncensored Blogging Svc

The Pirate Bay, the popular BitTorrent tracking site, has decided to expand its services and opened its own blogging site. The site, BayWords, is uncensored, and advertised as a place for bloggers who want to write whatever they want without fear of being shut down by their blog host.The Pirate Bay is known for defending people’s right to...

What's On TV? Who Cares? Turn On The Computer

What's On TV? Who Cares? Turn On The Computer

The amount of videos viewed online rose 66 percent in the US in February, compared to the same period last year. The huge goose in traffic is interesting, but what might be even more interesting is how little of that traffic is enjoyed by sites run by television networks. From the figures, the only way networks can get anybody to look at what...

IBM Adopting Macs?

IBM Adopting Macs?

IBM is allegedly interested in adopting OS X according to internal documents.“In line with IBM’s external strategy of offering a true ‘Open Client’ that may be Windows, Linux or a Mac,” the document noted, “Research IS is focusing on providing an IBM application stack on multiple Operating Systems, rather than be confined to one or the other.”It...

OSx86 Group Not Supporting Psystar

OSx86 Group Not Supporting Psystar

Psystar continues to make headlines, this time because the company’s OS X Leopard-based systems are now being attacked for what seems like the most basic oversight imaginable:"The company didn't get permission from developers working on the OSx86 Project to sell their work.  Netkas, who developed the EFI emulator Psystar is using, posted up...

Intel G45's HD Decode Broken?

Intel G45's HD Decode Broken?

For those waiting on the G45 series of products, especially those that will find their way into the Montevina notebook platforms, we have bad news: The rumor going around is that the HD decode offload is broken, and it’s allegedly not a driver issue.Here’s the rumor direct from the source:“The problem with G45 is in the video decoders. We...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Alphacool LC-Display reviewed @ BurnOutPC.comATI 3870X2 CrossfireX Review - Part II: The DX9 Titles @ Rage3D.comFoxconn 9600 GT OC Video Card Review @ I4UNVIDIA 3-Way SLI With GeForce 9800 GTX Graphics Cards @ Legit ReviewsMSI N9600GT 512M OC @ [H]Gigabyte GV-NX96T512HP @ HardwareZoneASUS EN9600GT Top Video Card Review @ I4UECS GeForce...

Dell Offers New Quad-Core Opteron-Based Servers

Dell Offers New Quad-Core Opteron-Based Servers

Dell Now Offering Five Server Platforms Based on Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Qualification for VMware Virtualization now Completed; 13 Global OEM Platforms now Shipping SUNNYVALE, Calif. - April 16, 2008 - AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that Dell Inc. (NASDAQ: DELL) is now offering five server platforms based on high-performance, energy-efficient...

S3 Graphics Announces 4300E Graphics Processor

S3 Graphics Announces 4300E Graphics Processor

S3 Graphics Announces Ultra Energy-Efficient Embedded Multimedia Graphics Processor at ESC 2008 The S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor combines 30% better power-efficiency with best-in-class HD video and DX10.1 / OpenGL 2.1 graphics Fremont, California, April 16, 2008 - S3 Graphics today announced the S3 Graphics 4300E graphics processor...

ATI FireGL V8600 1GB Workstation Graphics Card

ATI FireGL V8600 1GB Workstation Graphics Card

As many of you know, ATI has been particularly aggressive with their FireGL workstation graphics card lineup over the past six months. While their flagship R600-architecture was the basis for the solid (but ultimately underwhelming) Radeon HD2900XT for the gaming market, our tests have shown that this particular GPU architecture is much more...

The Insecurity of Chocolate

The Insecurity of Chocolate

A report released Wednesday by Infosecurity Europe revealed that not only is chocolate good bait for getting someone's password, so is an attractive appearance.576 office workers in total were polled by the fake researchers in a bid to raise awareness about information security.  Infosecurity Europe hired attractive “researchers” to hand...

Apple May Fight Psystar with Tech

Apple May Fight Psystar with Tech

Most people have been expecting Apple to wield the sharp stick of a lawsuit against Mac clone maker Psystar, but it may not be so easy.And while Psystar may be violating Apple's end user license agreement, or EULA, by doing this, legally there's not much Apple can do about it, says Raj Abhyanker, a patent lawyer who used to write patents for...

ASUS 8.9 Inch Eee PC 900. Oh Yeah

ASUS 8.9 Inch Eee PC 900. Oh Yeah

ASUS has captivated the UMPC world with their nifty little Eee PCs. I can't recall a more eagerly awaited item than the followup to the original Eee. Here it is. The 900 PC is filled with all sorts of win, in more or less the same little package:8.9" 1024x600 resolution displayIntel® Mobile CPU (Celeron) running at 900 Mhz1 GB DDR memory12...

Spammers Revive The Whaling Industry

Spammers Revive The Whaling Industry

Anybody who has e-mail knows all about phishing scams. As spam filters and firewalls become more potent, and users become more sophisticated and informed about responding to online deceptions, the spammers have had to become more sophisticated in their approach too. One approach spammers now use is to avoid mass e-mailing and tailor their...

Mac Clone Maker Fires Back

Mac Clone Maker Fires Back

We recently reported on the company Psystar who is selling machines with an option to load OS X 10.5, a.k.a. Leopard, and how threats of litigation from Apple was all but imminent.  That has now come to pass, and apparently Psystar is firing back:Speaking to InformationWeek, a Psystar employee identified only as Robert said his company sees...

Seagate Plays Rough With SSD Makers

Seagate Plays Rough With SSD Makers

The distinctly different manufacturing expertise needed for success in the mechanical and the solid state storage markets means that few companies are prepared to play both sides of the fence.  As faster and cheaper SSDs loom, it isn’t surprising that major players are doing everything they can to stop or stall the march of progress long enough...

Apple Makes Good On 8800GT Promise

Apple Makes Good On 8800GT Promise

Apple has almost always had a reputation for not pushing new hardware on ‘old’ platforms, but to be fair, they’ve never really had the opportunity to update platforms quite as frequently as they have under their present partnership with Intel.   As a result, the company is starting to offer new hardware products such as the 8800GT video cards...

Wii Fit to Launch at $89.99

Wii Fit to Launch at $89.99

Nintendo filled in the last bit of information for the Wii Fit game on Tuesday, announcing that when it launches in the U.S. on May 19th it will cost $89.99 (MSRP). $90 for a game? Well, it's more than a game; it includes the new Wii Balance Board controller, and anyway, let's not forget that Guitar Hero III for the Wii is the same price.When...

Asus EN9600GT Silent, “Noiseless Gaming”

Asus EN9600GT Silent, “Noiseless Gaming”

With the 0dB ASUS EN9600GT SILENT, “Noiseless Gaming” Never Sounded So Good - With ASUS’ New V-Cool Heatsink, the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT series boasts GPUs that run 10ºC cooler - FREMONT, CA (April 15, 2008) – ASUS, worldwide leader in component and notebook design and manufacturing, today released the ASUS EN9600GT SILENT/HTDI/512M graphics...

Viper Radeon HD 3850 512MB Ruby Edition

Viper Radeon HD 3850 512MB Ruby Edition

Just in case you missed the fresh link at the top of the page, we're popping into the news to let you all know that we've just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate Diamond Multimedia's Viper Radeon HD 3850 512MB Overclocked Ruby Edition graphics card - perhaps one of the longest names for a single product that...

Diamond Introduces First 1GB Radeon HD 3870

Diamond Introduces First 1GB Radeon HD 3870

Introducing the First 1 Gigabyte HD 3870 Graphics Card CHATSWORTH, CA — April 15, 2008 — Diamond Multimedia (www.diamondmm.com), a leading manufacturer of PC graphics cards, sound cards and communications products, introduced today the 1 gigabyte, overclocked version of the ATI Radeon HD 3870 graphics card.  This card offers maximum speed...

Liquid Cooled GeForce 9800 GTX Spy Shots

Liquid Cooled GeForce 9800 GTX Spy Shots

We just received some photos of a slick, liquid-cooling system for the recently released GeForce 9800 GTX that we thought you'd all like to see.  The shots come by way of Berlin-based Aqua Computer.  Aqua Computer manufactures a number of custom liquid-cooling kits and accessories for everything from processors to hard drives, but...

Mom Auctions Xbox 360 After Teenager Rebellion

Mom Auctions Xbox 360 After Teenager Rebellion

Remember the father who sold his pot-smoking son's Guitar Hero III game on eBay as punishment? The father netted $9K in that auction. The mom here won't get that much, but at least she's teaching her kid a lesson.A 13-year-old kid in Virginia has backtalked to his mom for the last time. When he was told to do his chores instead of play Xbox...

XP SP3 Coming 4/21?

XP SP3 Coming 4/21?

It's Tax Day, and we could hardly be blamed for last-minute filing and not paying attention to the news.  However, rumor has it that 4/21 is the day: XP SP3 Release Day, that is.Today, however, Neowin was able to get the release schedule for the Release to Manufacturer (RTM) version of Windows XP SP3. According to Neowin, OEMs, Volume...

Farewell, Mowser, We Hardly Knew You

Farewell, Mowser, We Hardly Knew You

Russell Beattie had an interesting idea. He observed the fascination that other countries had for using their smartphones and other mobile devices to browse the Web. He started mowser and tried to put the big Web onto the small screen in your pocket. Yesterday he announced that he's giving up the effort, and offers a cautionary opinion to...

Printing The Internet And Selling It

Printing The Internet And Selling It

The "most published author in the history of the planet" doesn't write much of anything. Philip Parker has "authored" more than 200,000 books, on topics that would seem to be of little interest to the average person. He's done it by developing computer algorithms that collect publicly available information on the Web, and then compiles the...

Fake DFI Boards Spotted

Fake DFI Boards Spotted

If you’re looking to buy a motherboard from DFI then be on the lookout for signs of a fake board.  Apparently an unknown company has decided to rebrand a few of their own motherboards, and even ship them in boxes that resemble authentic DFI boxes.“Two models have been discovered so far; MCP73V and MCP68V.  They are not made by DFI and will...

Wii Gets Interactive Softcore Porn In Japan

Wii Gets Interactive Softcore Porn In Japan

Well, we are trying to imagine just how the Wii's innovative controller could be used in this case, but we would prefer to ... make no comment.Within a game display in a random Japanese game store an ad for Osouji Sentai Clean Keeper reads “worldly desires are completely open.” Whenever you see something like that used to advertise a game...

Toshiba Delays $4k SSD Notebook

Toshiba Delays $4k SSD Notebook

Toshiba has announced that they are delaying the release of their Dynabook SS RX1 notebook which has been heavily advertised as featuring a 128GB SSD.Toshiba cited parts delays.  It's not clear whether the delays are SSD-related, but Toshiba postponed the launch of a notebook last year with a 64GB SSD due to flash memory chip "procurement"...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Gigabyte GV-NX96T512HP TurboForce @ HT4U.netHIS HD 3870 IceQ 3 Turbo @ Bjorn3DSapphire Radeon HD3870 X2 1GB Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.com   Palit GeForce 9800GTX Review @ Motherboards.org         Motherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte MA790FX-DQ6 review @ TWEAK.DKECS A780GM-A AMD 780G Full ATX...

Help HotHardware To Better Serve You!

Help HotHardware To Better Serve You!

Hello Everyone.  First off, we want to thank all of you for being a part of the community here.  Our readers and forum members are a big part of the process here at HH, and as a result, we very much value your opinion.  If you haven't noticed, HotHardware has partnered with Federated Media for our ad campaigns, as well as other...

VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Market

VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Market

VIA Moves into COM Express Embedded Module MarketVIA to introduce first COM Express modules with VIA processor platform, enabling cost effective, flexible customization and faster time to market Taipei, Taiwan, April 14th 2008 - VIA Technologies, Inc, a leading innovator and developer of embedded silicon and platform technologies, today announced...

Nude Photos Via Mobile Phone: Std. for Dating?

Nude Photos Via Mobile Phone: Std. for Dating?

Yet another reason to keep your teen from talking you into a cell phone?Forget about passing notes in study hall; some teens are now using their cell phones to flirt and send nude pictures of themselves.The instant text, picture and video messages have become part of some teens' courtship behavior, police and school officials said.The messages...

Blockbuster To Circuit City: Group Suicide?

Blockbuster To Circuit City: Group Suicide?

Blockbuster is offering to buy Circuit City. They made the offer privately in February, and made it publicly today; a defacto appeal to Circuit City shareholders to pressure the board to sell. If you were on the Lusitania, would you accept a ride on the Titanic?  Circuit City is struggling, Blockbuster  still has rental-movie money...

A Sorta Mac Mini For $399? Lawyer Up, Psystar

A Sorta Mac Mini For $399? Lawyer Up, Psystar

I know it's Microsoft that has the reputation for being computer monopolists. But all they supply to the affair is the Operating System and a free browser, after all. You can run it on any computer you like, or one that has enough horsepower to render Vista, anyway. You want a monopoly? Apple is a vertically integrated competitor killer. Psystar,...

Demonoid Revived

Demonoid Revived

Demonoid is back online after being shutdown in November of last year.  Reports are that all trackers on the site seem to be functioning.The only thing not to make the transition is the former admin, Deimos according to the message that greets visitors:“Welcome back!Since a few months ago, Deimos, the site administrator, lacks the necessary...

Blockbuster To Bust Apple TV?

Blockbuster To Bust Apple TV?

When Apple formally announced plans for an iTunes rental service it was only inevitable that a conflict between Blockbuster and Apple was to occur.  We weren’t entirely sure how this conflict was going to be waged, but now things are becoming clearer:  Blockbuster is developing a set-top box to compete with the Apple TV.“The product would...

Petition to Save XP Now Tops 100K

Petition to Save XP Now Tops 100K

InfoWorld's petition to save Windows XP has picked up steam, and not only is now over 111K signatures, but also has attracted the attention of mainstream media.InfoWorld, a publication that covers the information technology industry, launched a “Save Windows XP” petition drive in January. Microsoft originally planned to stop selling XP to...

Robots Expressing Emotion, Nagging Coming Later

Robots Expressing Emotion, Nagging Coming Later

It has been a somewhat slow weekend for tech news, but I just came across an interesting article over at the Live Science site that I wanted to share.  The article centers around a cutting edge MIT robotics project dubbed Nexi.What makes Nexi so interesting is that "she" has been designed to communicate with not only the spoken word,...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ASUS EN9800GX2 Top Video Card Review @ I4UASUS EAH3870 TOP Overclocked Radeon HD3870 Graphics Card Review @ Bigbruin.comXFX 9600GT XXX SLI @ Bjorn3DSapphire Radeon HD 3650 GDDR3 512MB Review @ PC PerspectiveLeadtek Winfast PX9600GT @ t-breakMotherboards and Chipsets:Gigabyte X38-DQ6 Review @ OCCASUS Striker II NSE motherboard review...

Will Windows Die If It Can’t Change?

Will Windows Die If It Can’t Change?

The end may be near for Windows as we know it, according to research firm Gartner:"Because Microsoft Windows is so large and complex, covering 20 years of legacy code, it can no longer adequately respond to market forces, and Windows needs to be securely redesigned, said Gartner analysts Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald. They delivered the...

Coolest Gadget Watch Yet?

Coolest Gadget Watch Yet?

A few years ago when Fossil released a PDA watch, our hearts skipped a beat.  Now Van Der Led is releasing a watch with a feature list that made our hearts palpitate:“The Van Der Led WM2 is a quad-band GSM watch with itty bitty 1.3-inch, 260k color touchscreen display, stereo Bluetooth, up to 240-hours of standby or 300-minutes talk, and 1GB...

NY State's "Amazon Tax" Means the End is Nigh

NY State's "Amazon Tax" Means the End is Nigh

Filling out our California income tax this year, we laughed when we came upon the "Use Tax" section. Did we buy anything from out-of-state retailers that we owed California sales tax for? Of course we didn't! But whether or not we did, New York state is close to closing that loophole for its residents with the so-called "Amazon Tax."The so-called...

Microsoft: UAC Designed to Annoy

Microsoft: UAC Designed to Annoy

It's true.  There is at least one feature in Windows Vista that was implemented on time, to spec, and fully functional when Vista was initially released: User Account Control (UAC).In a Thursday presentation at RSA 2008 in San Francisco, David Cross, a product unit manager at Microsoft who was part of the team that developed UAC, admitted...

NVIDIA Gets Aggressive, Dismisses CPU-GPU Fusion

NVIDIA Gets Aggressive, Dismisses CPU-GPU Fusion

NVIDIA held a Financial Analyst Day yesterday, where representatives spoke about the company's strengths, market share, technology, and direction.  There was a lot of discussion regarding current products and competition, which seemed to get NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Sun Huang fired up in a way that's not often seen publicly. The always outspoken...

AMD CTO Phil Hester Resigns

AMD CTO Phil Hester Resigns

It's no secrect that AMD is struggling as of late due to problems executing and to intense competition from Intel and NVIDIA.  In the last few months a number of high ranking executives has resigned, the latest of which appears to be Phil Hester, the company's CTO."(AP) - The chief technology officer and vice president of chip...

GAO Finds Military Parts on eBay, Craigslist

GAO Finds Military Parts on eBay, Craigslist

Let's all hope Iran doesn't read this article, since we know a) they are trolling for F-14 parts, b) this report found some on eBay!Night-vision cameras and camouflage gear are probably available at your local Wal-Mart. But congressional leaders on Thursday voiced dismay at reports that "sensitive" military-issue equipment is being resold,...

OCZ Announces World’s Fastest 4GB DDR2 Kit

OCZ Announces World’s Fastest 4GB DDR2 Kit

OCZ Technology Announces World’s Fastest 4GB Kit, the Innovative PC2-9200 Flex II DDR2 Series High-Speed, High-Density Flex II Memory Modules Harness the Overclocking Capabilities of Water Cooled Systems Sunnyvale, CA - April 10, 2008 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory,...

ASUS Unveils Essentio CS5110 Mini PC

ASUS Unveils Essentio CS5110 Mini PC

ASUS Takes the Mini PC to a Mighty Level with Essentio CS5110 Taipei, Taiwan – Extensive research and development have resulted in ASUS innovations that help pack more versatility and performance into compact frames. Packed with innovations, the ASUS Essentio CS5110 is a Mini PC that features exceptional graphics performance as its main focus...

NVIDIA Introduces Fastest GeForce Platforms

NVIDIA Introduces Fastest GeForce Platforms

NVIDIA Introduces Fastest GeForce Platforms Ever—Optimized For Gaming PCs New GeForce 9-Series GPUs, NVIDIA nForce 790i-Series MCPs, and NVIDIA SLI Multi-GPU Technology Reinvigorate the PC Market with Best Performance, Power, and Price SANTA CLARA, CA—APRIL 10, 2008—NVIDIA Corporation (Nasdaq: NVDA) continues to address the global demand for...

Corsair Receives 80+ "Green Cert" on All PSUs

Corsair Receives 80+ "Green Cert" on All PSUs

CORSAIR RECEIVES 80 PLUS® “GREEN” CERTIFICATION ON ALL POWER SUPPLY UNITSCorsair Eco-Friendly PSUs Deliver Performance and EfficiencyFremont, CA, April 10, 2008 – Corsair® http://www.corsair.com, a worldwide leader in enthusiast computer and flash memory products, announced today that it has been awarded 80 PLUS Certification across...

Gas Masks for a Beverly Hills Apocalypse

Gas Masks for a Beverly Hills Apocalypse

We're not 100% sure if we think these are in poor taste based on 9/11 (OK, they likely are), but they are still ... well, interesting.A few years ago--specifically, after Sept. 11, 2001--something like a jewel-studded gas mask would have been considered to be in poor taste, to say the least. And it still is, in our opinion, but that doesn't...

Asetek LCLC - Low Cost Liquid Cooling System

Asetek LCLC - Low Cost Liquid Cooling System

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the home page, we're here to let you know that we have just posted a new article in which we evaluate the features and performance of the Asetek LCLC, Low Cost Liquid Cooling system.  The LCLC may resemble other water cooling setups but it provides many features that set it apart from...

Emergency Alerts by SMS Approved

Emergency Alerts by SMS Approved

It's always great when we can catch up with China, isn't it?  After all, China used SMS alerts to warn citizens over Typhoon Kaemi in 2006.The plan stems from the Warning Alert and Response Network Act, a 2006 federal law that requires upgrades to the emergency alert system. The act requires the Federal Communications Commission to develop...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:GeForce 9800GTX Duel @ Boot Daily.comGainward 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card Review @ OCWNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Overclocked @ TweaktownMSI N9800GTX-T2D512 OC @ Hard Tecs 4 UDiamond HD 3650 1024 MB DDR2 @ techPowerUpMSI N9600GT OC -T2D512 (Geforce 9600GT) @ CPU3DPalit 9800 GTX review and SLI testing @ NeoseekerASUS EN9800GTX 512MB Review...

One iPhone To Rule Blu-Ray

One iPhone To Rule Blu-Ray

If you have an iPhone and a Blu-Ray player and have been dreaming of the two working together in harmony, then you probably already work for NetBlender on their BD Touch development team. If it just sounds like a good idea, and you haven’t been dreaming about such a technological mating, then here’s what NetBlender is working on:“It's a technology...

Yahoo! Outsourcing Search Ads to Google

Yahoo! Outsourcing Search Ads to Google

How about that?  Microsoft gave Yahoo! a hard deadline, and Yahoo! fires back, outsourcing Search Ads to Google.  Granted, it's a limited trial.The test will last up to two weeks and involve no more than 3% of Yahoo's Web search queries, the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet company said. It is designed for Google and Yahoo to evaluate...

NVIDIA Wants To Optimize Your PC

NVIDIA Wants To Optimize Your PC

NVIDIA just launched a new optimized PC Configurator on the company's website designed to educate consumers on the importance of a GPU in overall system performance.  The configurator website states that "At least half of the PCs shipped today have an underpowered GPU...You need the right CPU / GPU mix for the best experience.  Whether...

Don't Throw Away Promos!  It's Piracy

Don't Throw Away Promos! It's Piracy

If you have received a promo CD or - if this case is successful - some other promo item, you'd better not throw it away, as it would be piracy.In a brief filed in federal court yesterday, Universal Music Group (UMG) states that, when it comes to the millions of promotional CDs ("promo CDs") that it has sent out to music reviewers, radio stations,...

Dell To Enter The Ultra-Portable Fray

Dell To Enter The Ultra-Portable Fray

Yesterday news regarding the availability of HP's ultra portable Mini-Note PC broke and generated some buzz.  But ever since ASUS first unveiled the EeePC other players like Everex, Acer, and ECS, among others, have all announced or introduced similar, relatively low priced, portable solutions.  And according to a story posted on...

Intel Simplifies Data Center Connectivity

Intel Simplifies Data Center Connectivity

Intel Simplifies Data Center Connectivity with Industry-First FCoE Adapters STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD, Orlando, Fla., April 8, 2008 – Intel Corporation today announced Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) support on its family of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) server adapters. The company has developed an initiator that will be bundled with Intel...

Toddler Beaten, Killed with Game Controller

Toddler Beaten, Killed with Game Controller

A sad statement on humanity, as in Pennsylvania a two-year-old was beaten and killed by her mother's boyfriend - with a video game controller.  Still worse, it was reported that the boyfriend had abused the child previously, yet the mother had not left him.It was clear from the bruises and other injuries on the little girl's body that...

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 512MB

NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700 512MB

Today at HotHardware we take a look at NVIDIA’s latest entrant into the mid-range workstation graphics card market, the QuadroFX 3700. This card has an MSRP of about $1,700, which puts it smack-dab in between the price tags of NVIDIA's mid-range and ultra-high-end products, although street prices for the QuadroFX 3700 are much lower than its...

Microsoft to Pilot Office Anti-piracy Nagging

Microsoft to Pilot Office Anti-piracy Nagging

You'll recall that Microsoft has removed the "kill switch" in Windows Vista, meaning that users of suspected counterfeit copies will nagged rather than losing functionality. Microsoft is about to launch a pilot program for Office, with similar nagging notifications."Consumers will receive a pop-up dialog box alerting them that their Microsoft...

First Eight AMD Quad-Core OEM Platforms Avail.

First Eight AMD Quad-Core OEM Platforms Avail.

First Eight OEM Platforms Featuring Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Available- Quad-Core AMD Opteron Processors Now Widely Available; Platforms Ranging from Blade to High-End Servers now shipping from HP -SUNNYVALE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Delivering new levels in performance scalability, virtualization performance and energy efficiency,...

HP’s New Mini-Notebook Gets Panned

HP’s New Mini-Notebook Gets Panned

Ever since the ASUS Eee PC stole our hearts, we’ve been longing for a similar product with a few extra features such as an ExpressCard slot and more storage. When we hear about HP’s 2133 we were certainly eager to see how it’d stack up. Sadly, it seems that the VIA CPU isn’t winning it many benchmarks: "On paper the 1.6GHz VIA C7-M processor...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:BFG GeForce 9800 GTX OCX Review - G92 at its finest @ PC PerspectiveMSI N9800GX2 M2D1G @ Hard Tecs 4 UATI Radeon 3870 Review @ TechwareLabsGigabyte 9600 GT 512MB review @ TechgageMSI N9600GT-1GB @ t-breakHoneywell ARIUS 22" LCD Monitor Review @ ASE LabsMotherboards and Chipsets:MSI P35 Platinum Combo review @ TWEAK.DKGigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H...

Windows 7 Release Date Update Updated

Windows 7 Release Date Update Updated

When we recently updated you on the release date for Vista’s successor, currently known as 7, we were a bit skeptical that the ‘slip’ Mr. Gates made was concerning a retail or RTM version. "It seems that Microsoft is getting the word out that Mr. Gates was indeed referring to some sort of pre-release beta program: “Microsoft wants to chill...

PNY's XLR8 9800 GTX OC 512MB G.C. Available Now

PNY's XLR8 9800 GTX OC 512MB G.C. Available Now

The PNY XLR8 GeForce 9800 GTX OC 512MB Graphics Card Is Available Now Company Offers Three Discounts with Online PurchasePARSIPPANY, N.J. – April 08, 2008 – PNY Technologies®, Inc. today announced that its PNY XLR8™ GeForce® 9800 GTX OC 512MB PCI-e 2.0 graphics card is available now for purchase.  Based on the NVIDIA®...

$499 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC Available

$499 HP 2133 Mini-Note PC Available

HP has a new ultra portable notebook available for purchase today, that seems poised to do battle with ASUS' upcoming 8.9" version of the EeePC.  The HP 2133 Mini-Note PC is offered in a wide variety of configurations with price points starting at $499.  At the moment, five different pre-configured options are listed on the HP website,...

Which Hue Are You? MS Unveils New Mouse Colors

Which Hue Are You? MS Unveils New Mouse Colors

Which Hue Are You? Microsoft’s Best-Selling Mouse Now Available in Colors to Match Your Individual Style Wireless Notebook Optical Mouse 3000 offers consumers five vibrant choices to complement today’s computers REDMOND, Wash. - April 8, 2008 - Today Microsoft Corp. announced plans to issue special edition versions of the Wireless Notebook...

Wal-Mart Switches to MP3-Format Only

Wal-Mart Switches to MP3-Format Only

When we last visited Wal-Mart's attempt at DRM-free music, they had only managed to get EMI and Universal Music Group signed up for the DRM-free portion of their store. They've now decided to go all-MP3, but they're still stuck without Warner Music Group and Sony BMG, which are unfortunately the top two record labels.As Wal-Mart switches to...

HP Reaches for the Cloud with Upline

HP Reaches for the Cloud with Upline

HP has joined the burgeoning ranks of those offering online storage and backup in the cloud as it announces Upline.  Funny thing is, that term always makes us think of Amway, not storage.If it feels like the online storage and file sharing market is getting a little crowded, that's because it is. Just in the past few weeks, we've seen...

Google Earth Gets NY Times News

Google Earth Gets NY Times News

Here's a way to peruse the globe while getting regional updates.New York Times "placemarks" will appear on maps where there's relevant news, and showing the New York Times layer in the software will show a window with a month's worth of headlines, Google's LatLong blog said.Google spokeswoman Kate Hurowitz said the company is open to partnerships...

Apple To Change Their Notebook Design

Apple To Change Their Notebook Design

Only two years ago Apple unveiled their new lineup of Intel-powered laptops, but for the most part the biggest changes were internal. The new laptops bore a strong exterior resemblance to their G4-powered predecessors, but all of that could be nearly at an end. Rumor has it that the next updates to Apple’s portables are going to see some major...

OCZ Unveil Efficient EliteXStream Power Supplies

OCZ Unveil Efficient EliteXStream Power Supplies

OCZ Technology Introduces the Highly Efficient EliteXStream PSU Featuring a Powerful Single-Rail Design for Optimum Distribution to High-Performance Systems Sunnyvale, Calif.—April 7, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and PC components, today unveiled the EliteXStream...

Can Sony Earn a 50% Blu-ray Market Share?

Can Sony Earn a 50% Blu-ray Market Share?

Now that HD-DVD is out of the way, is it possible for Sony to garner a 50% share vs. DVD?  Sony seems to think so.Maybe that price cut in Blu-ray players is coming sooner than we think because Digitimes is reporting that Sony has set some very ambitious goals for Blu-ray in 2008. And by ambitious I'm talking a 50-50 split with DVD.The...

Yahoo to Microsoft: Thanks for the Kind Letter

Yahoo to Microsoft: Thanks for the Kind Letter

Responding to a letter Microsoft sent the Yahoo Board of Directors over the weekend, Yahoo said not only is the offer not enough, threats aren't going to get Microsoft anywhere.Steve's letter said that Yahoo's management is "choosing not to enter into substantive negotiations" with the Redmonds, letting "this window of opportunity" to reach...

AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook

AMD Updates First Quarter Outlook SUNNYVALE, Calif. – April 7, 2008 – AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it expects revenue for the first quarter ended March 29, 2008 to be approximately $1.5 billion, a 22 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2007, and down 15 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2007.  The decrease...

Everex Launches New MyMiniPC, Mac Mini Lookalike

Everex Launches New MyMiniPC, Mac Mini Lookalike

Over the last year, there has been an influx of ultra small form factor PCs, from companies like Asus and Acer.  But Everex has also gotten in on some of the action and have just unveiled yet another new mini-PC at their on-line store. In the post, Everex says the new MyMiniPC, as it is called, is exclusively created for the +100,000,000...

Super Talent Launches Tiny 8GB USB Flash Drive

Super Talent Launches Tiny 8GB USB Flash Drive

Super Talent Launches World’s Smallest 8GB USB Drive San Jose, California – April 7, 2008 -- Super Talent Technology, a leading manufacturer of Flash storage solutions and DRAM memory modules, today announced three new 8GB USB Flash drives, including the world’s smallest 8GB drive. These new drives include: PICO-A, with a swivel lid; the retractable...

Intel Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia

Intel Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia

Intel Education and WiMAX Initiatives Show Progress in Saudi Arabia Intel Chairman Cites Government-Industry Partnership as Successful Model, Advancing Education, Technology Innovation and Economic Development in Arab World RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 7, 2008 – Intel Corporation Chairman Craig Barrett kicked off his fourth visit to the Gulf...

AMD Provides Platform For Network Storage Market

AMD Provides Platform For Network Storage Market

AMD Provides Quick Time-to-Market Platform for Growing Networked Storage Market - Storage Bridge Bay Reference Design and new AMD Athlon X2 Dual-Core processors deliver more options for high-end embedded customers - ORLANDO, FL - April 7, 2008 - At the Storage Networking World conference AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced availability of the...

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic

Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic

Just in case you missed the new link at the top of the page, we’re writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate a somewhat unique Radeon-based graphics card, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic.  Unlike most reference 3870 cards, the Sapphire Radeon HD 3870 512MB Toxic...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Asus EN9800 GTX Review @ OCCMotherboards and Chipsets:ASUS P5K Pro Intel P35 Motherboard Review @ ThinkComputers.orgXFX 790i Ultra Mainboard Review @ I4UMemory and Storage:Corsair Flash Voyager 32GB @ t-breakHoneywell 80 GB SecuraDrive Portable Drive @ Bjorn3DTagan Icy Box NAS4220 Server @ 3DGameManPower:Logisys 650W Power Supply Review...

Pizza.com Sold For $2.6 Million

Pizza.com Sold For $2.6 Million

Chris Clark became a multi-millionaire just for forking over $20 a year to keep the pizza.com domain name he registered in 1994. The 43 year old resident of North Potomac, MA, bought the domain name with the goal of getting consulting contracts, but he also made money with the site via advertising.In January, Mr Clark decided to sell it after...

 Microsoft Sets Deadline for Yahoo!: Three Weeks

Microsoft Sets Deadline for Yahoo!: Three Weeks

Saturday Microsoft send a letter to the Yahoo! Board of Directors, setting a deadline of three weeks, or April 26th for an agreement to be made. If an agreement has not been reached by then, Microsoft indicated it would be forced to take the matter directly to the shareholders.The software giant threatened to launch a proxy fight to unseat...

Windows 7 In 2009?

Windows 7 In 2009?

The rumored release date of the successor to Vista, dubbed Windows 7, has typically bounced between 2010 and 2011 until Bill Gates let the following slip:In response to a question about Windows Vista, Gates, speaking before the Inter-American Development Bank here, said: "Sometime in the next year or so we will have a new version." Referring...

MetaRAM + Nehalem = Up To 288GB RAM?

MetaRAM + Nehalem = Up To 288GB RAM?

Multi-socket Nehalems paired with MetaRAM could provide some jaw-dropping numbers.  Here's a look at what dual-CPU boards might be able to accomplish:“Up to 16GB DDR3-1333 modules can be created, allowing up to 96GB RAM per CPU, or 192GB per dual-CPU board. If you go for slower DDR3-1066 and boards with three DIMMs per channel,- nine DIMMs...

April 4, 1975: Bill Gates, Paul Allen Form ...

April 4, 1975: Bill Gates, Paul Allen Form ...

There once was this little company, formed by these two geeks named Paul Allen and Bill Gates ...Bill Gates and Paul Allen create a partnership called Micro-soft. It will grow into one of the largest U.S. corporations and place them among the world's richest people.Gates and Allen had been buddies and fellow Basic programmers at Lakeside School...

Now THAT Is A Raise

Now THAT Is A Raise

According to a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission Intel CEO Pault Otellini’s overall compensation packaged more than doubled from $5.9 million to $12.1 million last year. A 104% increase sounds good to us, and Intel’s stock ‘leaping ahead’ 33.6% probably sounded good to investors."Otellini's pay hike was the result of trying...

Colorful PC Audio From Edifer

Colorful PC Audio From Edifer

We just got our hands on some very cool images from Edifer that we thought you'd all like to see.  If you're unfamiliar with Edifer, they're a long time manufacturer of specialized speaker systems, based in China with a North American office in Vancouver, Canada.  They actually won an honoree award at this year's Consumer Electronics...

Intel and Epic $1M Make Something Unreal Contest

Intel and Epic $1M Make Something Unreal Contest

Intel and Epic Games Launch "$1 Million Intel Make Something Unreal Contest" Legendary Mod-Making Contest with More than $1 Million in Cash and Prizes to Spark Game Development CARY, N.C. –  Epic Games, Inc., the award-winning developer of multimillion-selling games and the world's leading game engine, Unreal Engine 3, today announced...

Adobe Products To Go 64-Bit On Windows First

Adobe Products To Go 64-Bit On Windows First

Apple and Adobe have had a fairly cozy relationship over the years, a few misunderstanding not withstanding. We can’t help but wonder how we’d define their relationship in a year or so when Adobe is shipping 64-bit applications for the Windows platform while OS X users have nothing but 32-bit options. When Mac users begin complaining, they’ll...

Intel Leaving The Philippines?

Intel Leaving The Philippines?

Intel may be considering closing their operations in the Philippines.  There isn't any estimates on who Intel might be able to sell their facility to, or what such a sell might mean for the world's largest chip maker or the numerous employees.“Located south of Manila and employing 3,000 people, Intel Technology Philippines Inc is the US firm's...

Comcast To Roll Out 50Mb/Sec Broadband

Comcast To Roll Out 50Mb/Sec Broadband

After reversing their stance on BitTorrent, Comcast has announced plans to offer their 50Mb/sec broadband in all existing markets by 2010. What would people use the extra bandwidth for? Digital distribution of movies and music seems a likely candidate and BitTorrent seems like it is going to be a key player in that arena.  So how fast is a...

Apple Says New York Bites Its Logo

Apple Says New York Bites Its Logo

Apple is very protective of its corporate image.  Perhaps it needs to be more careful of the image it presents to the public, as here comes another instance of Apple acting the bully.New York might be called the Big Apple, and apples themselves might be beautiful creations of nature, but as far as Apple Inc. CEO Steve Jobs is concerned,...

Apple Issues 11 QuickTime Patches In One Day

Apple Issues 11 QuickTime Patches In One Day

Apple patched QuickTime not once, but an amazing eleven times on Wednesday. Some of the patches were to improve stability and compatibility, but there were also some exploits which were found and patched.“It's at least the sixth time Apple has patched QuickTime since October, as researchers and hackers have been closely examining media players...

Ever Hack An ISP Tech And Live To Tell About It?

Ever Hack An ISP Tech And Live To Tell About It?

If you’ve played games online, we’re sure by now that you’ve seen somebody go off on a tirade after being fragged one too many times. Sometimes this is a result of poor skills, other times it may be the result of cheaters flooding an enemy’s network in a sort of mini-DDoS attack. Often threats of real life repercussions just seem childish,...

OCZ Launches New Mainstream PCP&C Silencer Line

OCZ Launches New Mainstream PCP&C Silencer Line

OCZ Technology Group Announces PC Power & Cooling’s Expansion of Silencer Line, Including the All-New 500W for Mainstream Systems Sunnyvale, Calif.—April 3, 2008—OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance memory and PC components, today announced the release of all-new additions to the Silencer line...

ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard

ASUS M3A78-EMH HDMI Motherboard

We're writing to let you all know that we have just posted a new article here at HotHardware in which we evaluate the features and performance of ASUS' AMD 780G-based M3A78-EMH HDMI motherboard.  The M3A78-EMH HDMI defies ASUS’ usual habit of packing in every add-on available at a premium price by sticking to the basics, consequently...

Windows XP Lives! (Longer)

Windows XP Lives! (Longer)

You had to see this coming (and it was rumored, too), with the popularity of low-cost ultra-portable laptops such as the Asus Eee PC, the OLPC, and the Classmate. Microsoft has given Windows XP another reprieve, but only for a class of devices they call ULCPCs or Ultra-Low-Cost PCs.Microsoft said on Thursday that it will continue to allow...

iTunes Surpasses Wal-Mart - Or Does It?

iTunes Surpasses Wal-Mart - Or Does It?

A copy of an internal Apple email to employees indicates that iTunes has surpassed Wal-Mart as the #1 music retailer.  Or has it?The news was announced in an e-mail sent this afternoon to some Apple employees, a copy of which was seen by Ars Technica. It includes a screenshot of an Excel file showing the top ten music retailers in the...

Confirmed: No Madden '09 for PC

Confirmed: No Madden '09 for PC

No, Madden football game fans, it wasn't an early April Fool's Day joke. When Electronic Arts announced Madden '09 last week, conspicuous by its absence was any mention of the PC as a supported platform. And EA Sports president Peter Moore confirmed Wednesday that Madden NFL '09 will indeed not be released on the PC.The title will still appear...

TiVo 9.3 Software to Speed Things Up

TiVo 9.3 Software to Speed Things Up

Our biggest complaint with our DirecTiVo before it died: speed, or rather lack thereof.  It's a common complaint.TiVo software version 9.3 will significantly speed up nearly all of the common tasks that customers do with a TiVo. No longer will the DVR pause for nearly a minute while it reorders Season Pass priorities or stall for half...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:ZOTAC GeForce 9800 GTX 512MB Video Card @ Benchmark ReviewsSapphire Radeon HD 3650 OC Edition Video Card Review @ ThinkComputers.orgProcessors:Intel's Atom processor unveiled @ The Tech ReportIntel Atom Processor Officially Announced - More from IDF @ PC PerspectiveMemory and Storage:Icy Box NAS Enclosure Review @ TechwareLabsPower:Nesteq...

Microsoft Denies Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Again

Microsoft Denies Xbox 360 Blu-Ray Again

The rumor keeps circulating that Microsoft is indeed going to include a Blu-ray player in future Xbox 360s.  Microsoft continually denies the rumors, such as the one started by DigiTimes regarding a deal with Lite-On to manufacture said drive.Microsoft's PR department had this say:“No. Lite-On is not manufacturing Blu-ray drives for Xbox...

Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 Released

Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 Released

Not only did Mozilla release the Firefox 3.0 Beta 5 code today, it also announced when RC1 will code-freeze, as it closes in on completion of Firefox 3.0As it races to the goal post, Mozilla.org announced that beta 5 of Firefox 3 is available and that the code for release candidate 1 will be frozen on April 8.Beta 5 offers big improvements...

No More Auctions of Digital Goods on eBay

No More Auctions of Digital Goods on eBay

Yep, if you are trying to sell a digital item on eBay, meaning something that can be delivered via email and such, without a physical item to be delivered, you can no longer, as of 3/31/08, use the auction format.  You have to use a classified ad, which costs $9.95 to place, for a 30 day listing.We've pointed out more than a few times...

AT&T First to Intro Microsoft Surface in Stores

AT&T First to Intro Microsoft Surface in Stores

AT&T First to Introduce Microsoft Surface in Retail Stores to Enhance Mobile Shopping Experience First commercial Microsoft Surface launch to begin April 17 in select AT&T stores with expanded deployment planned throughout 2008. LAS VEGAS — April 1, 2008 — AT&T (NYSE: T) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced a collaborative...

"Amazon TextBuyIt" Launches

"Amazon TextBuyIt" Launches

Fortunately Amazon.com launched this service on 4/2, or we might have wondered ...In less than a minute and using only text messages, Amazon.com customers can find the product they are looking for and complete a purchase using TextBuyIt. Simply send a text message to "AMAZON" (262966) with the name of the product, search term or a UPC or ISBN...

OOXML Format Wins Approval

OOXML Format Wins Approval

It's not even officially announced, but Microsoft has been trying so long to get OOXML approved, it can't wait.  It's already issued a press release.While the final vote has not yet been announced formally, publicly available information appears to indicate the proposed Open XML standard received extremely broad support. According to...

Intel's Ultra-Portable Atom: Unveiled

Intel's Ultra-Portable Atom: Unveiled

Intel is formally announcing a brand new processor today that it hopes will drive the next generation of mobile Internet devices.  Intel’s new platform for MIDs is called Menlow. And whereas the previous generation McCaslin platform was found in ultra low-voltage notebooks, Menlow is the processor and chipset combination you’ll find in...

HP Blackbird Banned from Gaming Competition!

HP Blackbird Banned from Gaming Competition!

It's too fast, says the International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA)!April 1, 2008 – The International PC Gaming Association (IPCGA), the largest non-profit membership organization serving PC game developers and enthusiasts, today announced that HP Blackbird 002 has been banned from next month’s 2008 International PC Gaming Tournament due to...

Hardware Round-Up

Hardware Round-Up

Video:Sapphire HD 3870 TOXIC Edition @ Modders-IncXFX 9800GTX Review @ OCCATI Radeon HD3450 @ TechwareLabsXFX 9800GTX 512MB @ Bjorn3DEVGA e-GeForce 9800 GTX Review @ NVNewsZOGIS 9800GTX Review @ OCCNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX preview @ Elite BastardsBFGTech GeForce 9800 GTX @ [H]BFG 9800 GTX Video Card Review @ I4UNVIDIA GeForce 9800 GTX Roundup...

Sony BMG Accused of Software Piracy

Sony BMG Accused of Software Piracy

Yes, it's that same Sony BMG that was so protective of its music content that it began installing rootkit-like DRM software on consumers' PCs. That same Sony BMG has been accused of software piracy.Small French software developer PointDev is suing Sony BMG saying it uses pirated copies of PointDev's Ideal Migration software.The application...

GeForce 9800 GTX Round-Up: BFG, EVGA, Zogis

GeForce 9800 GTX Round-Up: BFG, EVGA, Zogis

NVIDIA is officially taking the wraps off of their new GeForce 9800 GTX card today.  With its predecessor, the GeForce 8800 GTX's, excellent pedigree the new GeForce 9800 GTX certainly has some pretty big shoes to fill.  Its name alone will make many users assume the GeForce 9800 GTX is NVIDIA's new flagship single GPU powered graphics...

Google Docs to Go "Offline"

Google Docs to Go "Offline"

What's one of the biggest nits with Google Docs? For many, it's the same thing that also allows collaboration and access to files anywhere: the online nature of it. That's going to start disappearing soon, however.Here's why I'm excited about this development. My migration from the desktop to 'the cloud' started with my Gmail account. I could...